A wonderful read. I was swept away by this touching and engrossing story of love and courage. Noelle Clark transports us to China with a fine sense of detail and fascinating period insights, skilfully researched. I was right there in all the dirt and heat. China leaps to life with its vibrant sights, smells and shocking brutality. I was gripped by the struggle of the family to survive within the stifling colonial world they have entered. The characters are drawn together through twists and turns and heart-breaking tragedies, naive at first, but growing in understanding as they explore where the boundaries of love lie. A moving story that totally captivated me. - Kate Furnivall, UK Sunday Times best selling author.